Lab found on Owls Nest Road

Delaware State Police have arrested a pair of suspects for their involvement in a meth lab operation at a residence in Seaford.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, troopers received information that two wanted suspects were occupying a residence in the 6000 block of Owls Nest Road. Mary B. Fleetwood, 36, and Zachary C. Hufnell, 29, both of Seaford, were found at the residence and confirmed to have active court capiases.

Upon taking the pair into custody, troopers observed materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in plain view. The residence was then secured due to the hazardous and combustible nature of the process.

Members of the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) were contacted to assist with the investigation. A subsequent search of the property confirmed that a methamphetamine manufacturing lab was present. Components used to manufacture methamphetamine were safely collected and seized, along with .021 grams of heroin and 1.03 grams of methamphetamine. No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents.

Hufnell and Fleetwood were charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawfully operating a clandestine laboratory and second-degree conspiracy.

Both were assigned a secured bail of $74,000. Hufnell was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution and Fleetwood to Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution.